07 Oct It’s up to Scotland to get ourselves out of this – Strachan
Gordon Strachan says he won’t be relying on other teams to help get Scotland out of their current predicament.
There are many permutations in the group but the Scots need to beat Poland at Hampden on Thursday to keep alive realistic hopes of making the play-offs for Euro 2016.
Fans and pundits alike would testify to the improvement in the Scotland side under Strachan but the one result that still rankles is the 1-0 defeat in Tbilisi.
Ahead of the visit of Poland in what the Scotland boss imagines to be the biggest game in his managerial career with the national team, Strachan said it’s up to the players to put it right.
“We put ourselves in this position and we have to deal with it,” he said.
“There have been breaks that we’ve not had but I’m delighted with the performances that we’ve had over the last year and the players’ attitude.
“There are a lot of things I’m delighted about but the thing that is holding us back is that performance in Georgia.
“But if we win the next two games then hopefully it’s not a problem. We can’t keep looking back at that game.”
Strachan refuted suggestions by opposition striker Robert Lewandowski that Scotland were a dirty team.
“All I know is over the tournament they’ve had at least 30% more fouls against them than we have, they’ve more yellow cards than we have so that’s the reality.
“I don’t know the officials, I don’t know who is doing the game and I don’t care.
“You can look it up and find the exact figures but we worked out it is about 30% more.”
Asked about the threat of Lewandowski who has scored 12 goals in four games, he added: “Most of our work has been done in group defending and group attacking and hopefully our group defending will nullify any areas that their top players want to play in.
“But the secret is actually, if you keep the ball long enough and longer than them, then the chances of them scoring a goal is reduced.
“So that is what we have to try and do. And if we have more chances and more goals then that will be fine.
“But we understand that there are some right good players in the Polish side.”